1 750-mlbottle fruit-forward California red winesuch as Merlot or Zinfandel
Marshmallows or whipped creamfor serving
Slow Cooker Method:
Whisk the chocolate chips, brown sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, salt and milk together in a slow cooker set on high. Cover and allow to come to temperature (10-15 minutes), then whisk again and add wine. Cook on high for one hour, stopping to whisk every 20 minutes.
Ladle hot chocolate into mugs and top with whipped cream or marshmallows and enjoy.
Whisk the chocolate chips, brown sugar, cocoa, cinnamon and salt together in a large saucepan or stockpot. Add milk and bring to a low simmer over medium-low heat, whisking often. Once hot chocolate is blended and smooth (about 8-10 minutes), reduce to low heat and add wine. Cook for 5 minutes more. Ladle hot chocolate into mugs and top with whipped cream or marshmallows and enjoy.
Toasted marshmallows are optional, but encouraged.